Bibliography: Women in Business History

By no means complete, this bibliography focuses primarily on more recent work (c. 2000-present). There is a also a brief bibliography of older well-known books. This resource is meant only as a starting point. Links from author names in the e-text sections go directly to the articles; in the books sections, they go to the publisher's page if the work remains available. Only freely accessible reviews are linked. Links from the author's name in article citations go to the abstract when available.

Other Bibliographies and Guides

Bibliography for "Women, Enterprise, and Society" website at HBS

Advertising and Gender in American History

Select Bibliography for Smithsonian WIB project

Lynn Catanese, Women's History: A Guide to Sources at Hagley Museum and Library

Laura Cochrane, "Women's History in Baker Library's Business Manuscripts Collection," Business History Review 74 (Autumn 2000): 465-476 [full text]

Jeannette M. Oppedisano, Historical Encyclopedia of American Women Entrepreneurs, 1776 to the Present (Greenwood, 2000)

Journal Special Issues

Accounting, Business and Financial History 16, no. 2 (2006): "Women, Accounting, and Investment"

  • Josephine Maltby and Janette Rutterford, "Editorial: Women, accounting and investment," 133-142
  • Christine Wiskin, "Businesswomen and financial management: Three eighteenth-century case studies," 143-161
  • Stephen P. Walker, "Philanthropic women and accounting. Octavia Hill and the exercise of 'quiet power and sympathy'," 163-194
  • John Black, "War, women and accounting: Female staff in the UK Army Pay Department offices, 1914-1920," 195-218
  • Ann M. Carlos, Karen Maguire, and Larry Neal, "Financial acumen, women speculators, and the Royal African company during the South Sea bubble," 219-243
  • Anne Laurence, "Women investors, 'that nasty South Sea affair' and the rage to speculate in early eighteenth-century England," 245-264
  • Mark Freeman, Robin Pearson, and James Taylor, " 'A doe in the city': Women shareholders in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain," 265-291
  • Leanne Johns, "The first female shareholders of the bank of New South Wales: Examination of shareholdings in Australia's first bank, 1817-1824," 293-314
  • Lucy Newton and Philip L. Cottrell, "Female investors in the first english and Welsh commercial joint-stock banks," 315-340

Business History Review 72 (Summer 1998): "Gender in Business"

  • Philip Scranton, "Introduction: Gender and Business History," 185-187
  • Wendy Gamber, "A Gendered Enterprise: Placing Nineteenth-Century Businesswomen in History," 188-217
  • Kathy Peiss, " 'Vital Industry' and Women's Ventures: Conceptualizing Gender in Twentieth Century Business History," 218-241
  • Joan W. Scott, "Comment: Conceptualizing Gender in American Business History," 242-249

Business History Review 81 (Autumn 2007): "Women in the Service Industries: National Perspectives"

  • Angel Kwolek-Folland and Margaret Walsh, "Women in the Service Industries: National Perspectives," 421-427
  • Angel Kwolek-Folland, "Gender, the Service Sector, and U.S. Business History," 429-450
  • Lena Andersson-Skog, "In the Shadow of the Swedish Welfare State: Women and the Service Sector," 451-470
  • Katrina Honeyman, "Doing Business with Gender: Service Industries and British Business History," 471-493
  • Lina Gálvez Muñoz and Paloma Fernández Pérez, "Female Entrepreneurship in Spain during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries," 495-515
  • Ioanna Pepelasis Minoglou, "Women and Family Capitalism in Greece, c.1780-1940," 517-538
  • Margaret Walsh, "Literature Review: Gender in the History of Transportation Services: A Historiographical Perspective," 545-562

Enterprise & Society 2 (March 2001): "Gender and Business History"

  • Angel Kwolek-Folland, "Gender and Business History," 1-10
  • Daryl M. Hafter, "Women in the Underground Business of Eighteenth-Century Lyon," 11-40
  • Laura J. Owen, "Gender Differences in Labor Turnover and the Development of Internal Labor Markets in the United States during the 1920s," 41-71
  • Karen Ward Mahar, "True Womanhood in Hollywood: Gendered Business Strategies and the Rise and Fall of the Woman Filmmaker, 1896-1928," 72-110

Early American Studies 4 (Fall 2006) Forum: "Women's Economies in North America before 1820"

  • Cathy Matson, "Women's Economies in North America before 1820," 271-290
  • Serena R. Zabin, "Women's Trading Networks and Dangerous Economies in Eighteenth-Century New York City," 291-321
  • Ellen Hartigan O'Connor, " 'She Said She did not Know Money': Urban Women and Atlantic Markets in the Revolutionary Era," 322-352
  • Mary Beth Sievens, "Female Consumerism and Household Authority in Early National New England," 353-371
  • Marla R. Miller, "The Last Mantuamaker: Craft Tradition and Commercial Change in Boston, 1760-1840," 372-424
  • Kristi Ann Rutz-Robbins, " 'Divers Debts': Women's Participation in the Local Economy, Albemarle, North Carolina, 1663-1729," 425-441
  • Kathleen Fawver, "Gender and the Structure of Planter Households in the Eighteenth-Century Chesapeake: Harford County, Maryland, in 1776," 442-470

Journal of Management History 6 nos. 6 and 7 (2000): "Symposium on Women and Scientific Management"

  • Chris Nyland, "An early account of scientific management as applied to women's work with comment by Frederick W. Taylor," 248-271
  • Hindy Lauer Schachter, "Scientific management and social responsibility: evidence from the role of women in the New York Bureau of Municipal Research," 272-282
  • Laurel Graham, "Lillian Gilbreth and the mental revolution at Macy's, 1925-1928," 285-305
  • Chris Nyland and Mark Rix, "Mary van Kleeck, Lillian Gilbreth and the Women's Bureau study of gendered labor law," 306-322
  • Ruth Oldenziel, "Gender and scientific management: Women and the history of the International Institute for Industrial Relations, 1922-1946", 323-342

Journal of Transport History 23 (March 2002): "Gender and Transport History"

  • Margaret Walsh, "Gendering Transport History: Retrospect and Prospect," 1-8
  • Jo Stanley, "And after the cross-dressed cabin boys and whaling wives?: Possible futures for women's maritime historiography," 9-22
  • Alisa Freedman, "Commuting gazes: Schoolgirls, salarymen, and electric trains in Tokyo," 23-36
  • Beth Muellner, "The deviance of respectability: Nineteenth-century transport from a woman's perspective," 37-45
  • Ian Carter, "The lady in the trunk: Railways, gender and crime fiction," 46-59
  • Barbara Schmucki, "On the trams: Women, men and urban public transport in Germany," 60-72
  • Drew Whitelegg, "Cabin pressure: The dialectics of emotional labour in the airline industry," 73-86

Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte, Beiheft 35 (1985): "Die Frau in der deutschen Wirtschaft"

  • Edith Ennen, "Die Frau in der Landwirtschaft vom Mittelalter bis zur frühen Neuzeit," 18-29
  • Margret Wensky, "Die Frau in Handel und Gewerbe vom Mittelalter bis zur frühen Neuzeit," 30-44
  • Rita Bake, "Zur Arbeit und Lebensweise von Manufakturarbeiterinnen im achtzehnten Jahrhundert," 54-64
  • Hermann Schäfer, "Die Heimarbeiterin und die Fabrikarbeiterin von 1800 bis 1945," 65-78
  • Harald Winkel, "Die Frau in der Landwirtschaft von 1800 bis 1945," 89-102
  • Klaus Tenfelde, "Dienstmädchengeschichte: Strukturelle Aspekte im 19. und 20 Jahrhundert," 105-119
  • Elke Hlawatschek, "Die Unternehmerin (1800-1945)," 127-146
  • Stephanie Habeth, "Die Freiberuflerin und Beamtin vom Ende des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts bis 1945," 155-170
  • Günther Schulz, "Die weiblichen Angestellten vom neunzehnten Jahrhundert bis 1945," 179-215

Full Text Articles and Working Papers

From BEH Archives

Tracey Deutsch, "From 'Wild Animal Stores' to Women's Sphere: Supermarkets and the Politics of Mass Consumption, 1930-1950" 28, no. 1 (Fall 1999): 143-54

Ina Dinerman, "A Summary History of Women Market Traders in Mexico," 2d ser., 10 (1981): 47-51

Wendy Gamber, "Gendered Concerns: Thoughts on the History of Business and the History of Women," 23, no. 1 (Fall 1994): 129-140

Kolleen M. Guy, "Drowning Her Sorrows: Widowhood and Entrepreneurship in the Champagne Industry," 26, no. 2 (Winter 1997): 505-514

Donald Hoke, "The Woman and the Typewriter: A Case Study in Technological Innovation and Social Change," 2d ser., 8 (1979): 76-88

Jane Humphries, " 'Lurking in the Wings...': Women in the Historiography of the Industrial Revolution," 2d ser., 20 (1991): 32-44

Alice Kessler-Harris, "Ideologies and Innovation: Gender Dimensions of Business History," 20 (1991): 45-51

Angel Kwolek-Folland, "The African American Financial Industries: Issues of Class, Race and Gender in the Early 20th Century," 23, no. 2 (Winter 1994): 85-107

_____, "Customers and Neighbors: Women in the Economy of Lawrence, Kansas, 1870-1885," 27, no. 1 (Fall 1998): 129-139

Susan Ingalls Lewis, "Beyond Horatia Alger: Breaking through Gendered Assumptions about Business 'Success' in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America," 24, no. 1 (Fall 1995): 97-105

_____, "Female Entrepreneurs in Albany, 1840-1885," 21 (1992): 65-73

Katina L. Manko, " 'Now You Are in Business for Yourself': The Independent Contractors of the California Perfume Company, 1886-1938," 26, no. 1 (Fall 1997): 5-26

Lisa A. Marovich, " 'Let Her Have Brains Too': Commercial Networks, Public Relations, and the Business of Invention," 27, no. 1 (Fall 1998): 140-161

Carol A. McKeen and Alan J. Richardson, "Education, Employment, and Certification: An Oral History of the Entry of Women into the Canadian Accounting Profession," 27, no. 2 (Winter 1998): 500-521

Debra Michals, "Toward a New History of the Postwar Economy: Prosperity, Preparedness, and Women's Small Business Ownership," 26, no. 1 (Fall 1997): 45-56

Judith Sealander, " 'Tigers and Oranges': The Interactions of the Federal Women's Bureau with Management," 2d ser., 8 (1979): 67-75

Edith Sparks, "Married Women and Economic Choice: Explaining Why Women Started Businesses in San Francisco between 1890 and 1930," 28, no. 2 (Winter 1999): 287-300

Autumn Stanley, "Scribbling Women as Entrepreneurs: Kate Field (1838-96) and Charlotte Smith (1840-1917)," 21 (1992): 74-83

Martha M. Trescott, "Women in Engineering and Management in American History, 1850-1975," 10 (1981): 52-54

Mary Ellen Waller-Zuckerman, "Marketing the Women's Journals, 1873-1900," 18 (1989): 99-108

Carol A. Weisenberger, "Women of the FCC: Activists or Tokens?" 21 (1992): 192-198

Charles W. Wootton and Wanda G. Spruill, "The Role of Women in the Major Public Accounting Firms in the United States during World War II," 23, no. 1 (Fall 1994): 241-52

Charles D. Wrege and Ronald G. Greenwood, "Mary B. Gilson—A Historical Study of the Neglected Accomplishments of a Woman Who Pioneered in Personnel Management," 11 (1982): 35-42

From BEH On-Line

Jennifer J. Armiger, " 'What was good enough in the 1960s is not good enough today': Sex, Race, and Business Opposition to Equal Opportunity Policy in 1970s America"

Adriana Castagnoli (2007), "The Female Entrepreneurs' Point of View and the Italian Economy"

Lisa Hayes, "Changing Business Practices in Fashion: Liz Claiborne, An American Innovator: A New Era of American Design

Kajsa Holmberg and Maria Stanfors, "Setting a Trend: Feminization of the Commercial Bank Sector in Sweden, 1864-1975"

Beth Kreydatus (2005), " 'Enriching Women's Lives': The Mary Kay Approach to Beauty, Business, and Feminism

Katalin Medvedev, "Trading Places: Women Offer a Different Take on Downtown St. Paul Business in 1939

Monica Neve (2009) "Advertising and the Middle-Class Female Consumer in Munich, c. 1900-1914"

Marlis Schweitzer, "Uplifting Makeup: Actresses' Testimonials and the Cosmetics Industry, 1910-1918"

Edith Sparks (2004), "Terms of Endearment: Informal Borrowing Networks among Northern California Businesswomen, 1870-1920"

Maria Stanfors, "Feminization and Professionalization of Pharmacies in Sweden"

From Other Sources

Session 4A, "Gender and Business," 2004 EBHA session, most papers available

"Managing Women: The Challenges of Intertwining Gender and Business History," session at 2011 Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

Joyce Burnette, "Women Workers in the British Industrial Revolution" (EH.Net Encyclopedia)

Mark James Crowley, "Women Post Office Workers in Britain: The Long Struggle for Gender Equality and the Positive Impact of World War II," Essays in Economic and Business History 30 (2012): 53-77

Nikki Mandell, "The Triumph of Personnel Management: Contesting Corporate Motherhood and the Corporate Welfare System," Essays in Economic and Business History 18 (2000): 135-147

Therese Moylan, "Irish women in business: businesswoman, philanthropist, or social entrepreneur?" (EBHA 2010)

Jan Noel, " 'Nagging Wife' Revisited: Women in the Fur Trade in New France," French Colonial History 7 (2006): 45-60

Alastair Owens, "A hidden investment? Women and business in England, c.1750-1900" (2008)

Christiane Diehl Taylor, "The Silent Partner: Mary Mehagan Hill and the Great Northern Railway," Essays in Economic and Business History 24 (2006): 34-47

_____, "The Worth of Wives: 1950s Corporate America "Discovers" Spousal Social Capital," Essays in Economic and Business History 26 (2008): 33-46

Janice Traflet, "Gendered Dollars: Pin Money, Mad Money, and Changing Notions of a Woman's Place," Essays in Economic and Business History 26 (2008): 189-202

Anne Wohlcke, "Wives, Widows, and Singlewomen: Working Women at London's Eighteenth-Century Fairs," Essays in Economic and Business History 24 (2006): 1-15

Robert Wright, "Women and Finance in the Early National U.S." Essays in History, University of Virginia (2000)


Enterprise & Society

(in addition to special issue contents, above)

Béatrice Craig, "Petites Bourgeoises and Penny Capitalists: Women in Retail in the Lille Area during the Nineteenth Century" 2 (June 2001): 198-224

Barbara Curli, "Women Entrepreneurs and Italian Industrialization: Conjectures and Avenues for Research" 3 (December 2002): 634-656

Kirsten E. Gardner, "Hiding the Scars: A History of Post-Mastectomy Breast Prostheses, 1945-2000" 1 (September 2000): 565-590

Jeffrey M. Hornstein, " 'Rosie the Realtor' and the Re-Gendering of Real Estate Brokerage, 1930-1960" 3 (June 2002): 318-351

Vicki Howard, " 'At the Curve Exchange': Postwar Beauty Culture and Working Women at Maidenform" 1 (September 2000): 591-618

Malia McAndrew, "A Twentieth-Century Triangle Trade: Selling Black Beauty at Home and Abroad, 1945-1965," 11 (December 2010): 784-810

Grietjie Verhoef, "Informal Financial Service Institutions for Survival: African Women and Stokvels in Urban South Africa, 1930-1998" 2 (June 2001): 259-296

Mary A. Yeager, "Mavericks and Mavens of Business History: Miriam Beard and Henrietta Larson" 2 (December 2001): 687-768


Jennifer Aston, "Female Business Ownership in Birmingham 1849-1901," Midland History 37, no. 2 (2012): 187-206

Christina E. Bax, "Entrepreneur Brownie Wise: Selling Tupperware to America's Women in the 1950s," Journal of Women's History 22 (Summer 2010): 171-180

Donica Belisle, "Crazy for Bargains: Inventing the Irrational Female Shopper in Modernizing English Canada," Canadian Historical Review 92 (December 2011): 581-606

_____, "Negotiating Paternalism: Women and Canada's Largest Department Stores, 1890-1960" Journal of Women's History 19 (Spring 2007): 58-81

Jacqueline Barbara Carr, "Marketing Gentility: Boston's Businesswomen, 1780-1830," New England Quarterly 82 (March 2009): 25-55

Anne Clendinning, " 'Deft fingers' and 'persuasive eloquence': The 'lady demons' of the english gas industry, 1888-1918," Women's History Review 9, no. 3 (2000): 501-537

Jessica Collins, "Jane Holt, Milliner, and Other Women in Business: Apprentices, Freewomen and Mistresses in the Clothworkers' Company, 1606-1800," Textile History 44 (May 2013): 72-94

Helen Doe, "Waiting for her ship to come in? The female investor in nineteenth-century sailing vessels," Economic History Review 63 (February 2010): 85-106

Amy Louise Erickson, "Eleanor Mosley and Other Milliners in the City of London Companies, 1700-1750," History Workshop Journal 71, no. 1 (2011): 147-172.

_____, "Married women's occupations in eighteenth-century London," Continuity and Change 23 (August 2008): 267-307

Tom Ericsson, "Women, Family and Small Business in Late Nineteenth-Century Sweden," History of the Family 6, no. 2 (2001): 225-239

Jane Farrell-Beck, "'Lifeblood of the Business': Fitters in American Foundations Departments, 1910s-1950s" Textile History 34 (May 2003): 1-20

Michela Gamba and Andrea Goldstein, "The Gender Dimension of Business Elites: Italian Women Directors since 1934," Journal of Modern Italian Studies 14, no. 2 (2009): 199-225

Diane Yvonne Ghirardo, "Lucrezia Borgia as Entrepreneur," Renaissance Quarterly 61 (Spring 2008): 53-91

Sheryllynne Haggerty, " 'Miss Fan can tun her han!' Female Traders in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Port Cities," Atlantic Studies 6, no. 1 (2009): 29-42

Jean Hemingway, "Millinery and Old Lace: Miss Jane Clarke of Regent Street," Textile History 43 (November 2012): 200-222

Marie Hicks, "Only the Clothes Changed: Women Operators in British Computing and Advertising, 1950-1970" IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 32, no. 4 (2010): 5-17

Matthew Hilton, "The Female Consumer and the Politics of Consumption in Twentieth-Century Britain," The Historical Journal 45 (March 2002): 103-128

Martha Howell, "The Gender of Europe's Commercial Economy, 1200-1700," Gender & History 20 (November 2008): 519-538

Anne Laurence, "The emergence of a private clientèle for banks in the early eighteenth century: Hoare's Bank and some women customers," Economic History Review 61, no. 3 (2008): 565-586

Paul Minoletti, "The importance of ideology: The shift to factory production and its effect on women's employment opportunities in the English textile industries, 1760-1850," Continuity and Change 28 (May 2013): 121-146

Ellen Hartigan O'Connor, "Abigail's Accounts: Economy and Affection in the Early Republic," Journal of Women's History 17 (Fall 2005): 35-58

Kathy Peiss, "American Women and the Making of Modern Consumer Culture," Journal of Multimedia History, 1998

Linda Perriton, "Forgotten Feminists: The Federation of British Professional and Business Women, 1933-1969," Women's History Review 16 (March 2007): 79-97

Talia Pfefferman, "Separate spheres, intertwined spheres: Home, work, and family among Jewish women business owners in the Yishuv," Journal of Israeli History: Politics, Society, Culture 32, no. 1 (2013): 7-28

George Robb, "Depicting a Female Fraud: Sarah Howe and the Boston Women's Bank," Nineteenth-Century Contexts 34 (December 2012): 445-459

Diane H. Roberts, "Women in accounting occupations in the 1880 US Census," Accounting History Review 23, no. 2 (2013): 141-160

Marlis Schweitzer, " 'The Mad Search for Beauty': Actresses' Testimonials, the Cosmetics Industry, and the 'Democratization of Beauty'," Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 4 (June 2005): 255-292

Andrew Seltzer, "Female salaries and careers in British banking, 1915-41," Explorations in Economic History 48 (December 2011): 461-477

Pamela Sharpe, "Lace and Place: women's business in occupational communities in England 1550-1950," Women's History Review 19 (April 2010): 283-306

Sharon T. Strocchia, "The nun apothecaries of Renaissance Florence: marketing medicines in the convent," Renaissance Studies 25 (November 2011): 627-647

Margaret Walsh, "Gendered endeavours: women and the reshaping of business culture," Women's History Review 14, no. 2 (2005): 181-202

Whitney Walton, " 'To Triumph before Feminine Taste': Bourgeois Women's Consumption and Hand Methods of Production in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Paris," Business History Review 60 (December 1986): 541-563

Susan M. Yohn, "The Primacy of Place, Collaborations, and Alliances: Mapping Women's Businesses in Nineteenth-Century Brooklyn," Journal of Urban History 36 (July 2010): 411-428


Stephanie Amerian, "Fashioning a Female Executive: Dorothy Shaver and the Business of American Style, 1893-1959" (University of California, Los Angeles, 2011)

Melanie Buddle, "The business of women: Gender, family, and entrepreneurship in British Columbia, 1901-1971" (University of Victoria, 2003)

Nikki Berg Burin, "A regency of women: Female plantation management in the Old South" (University of Minnesota, 2007)

Jessica P. Clark, "'Beauty on Bond Street': Gender, enterprise, and the establishment of an English beauty industry, 1850-1910" (Johns Hopkins University, 2012)

Jennifer Sweatman Duncan, "The editrice in France since the MLF: Editions des femmes and the opening of the publishing industry to women" (University of Oregon, 2006)

Shennette Garrett-Scott, "Daughters of Ruth: Enterprising Black Women in Insurance in the New South, 1890s-1930s" (University of Texas, Austin, 2011)

Tiffany Gill, "Civic Beauty: Beauty Culturists and the Politics of African American Female Entrepreneurship, 1900-1965" (Rutgers University, 2003)

Vicki Jo Howard, "American Weddings: Gender, Consumption, and the Business of Brides" (American Studies, University of Texas, Austin)

Stephanie Jones-Rogers, " 'Nobody couldn't sell 'em but her': Slaveowning women, mastery, and the gendered politics of the antebellum slave market" (Rutgers University, 2012)

Susan Ingalls Lewis, "Women in the Market Place: Female Entrepreneurship, Business Patterns, and Working Families in Mid-Nineteenth Century Albany, New York, 1830-1885" (SUNY Binghamton, 2002)

Malia McAndrew, "All-American beauty: The experiences of African American, European American, and Japanese American women with beauty culture in the mid-twentieth century United States" (University of Maryland, 2008)

Ellen Hartigan O'Connor, "The measure of the market: Women's economic lives in Charleston, South Carolina and Newport, Rhode Island, 1750-1820" (University of Michigan, 2003)

Marlis Schweitzer, "Becoming fashionable: Actresses, fashion, and the development of American consumer culture, 1893-1919" (University of Toronto, 2005)

Kari Elaine Zimmerman, "Women of independent means: Female entrepreneurs and property owners in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1869-1904" (Stanford University, 2010)


Maria Ågren, Domestic Secrets: Women and Property in Sweden, 1600-1857 (University of North Carolina Press, 2009)
    Reviewed by Margot Finn for Reviews in History

Hannah Barker, The Business of Women: Female Enterprise and Urban Development in Northern England, 1760-1830 (Oxford University Press, 2006)

Peter Baskerville, A Silent Revolution? Gender and Wealth in English Canada, 1860-1930 (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008)

Robert Beachy, Béatrice Craig, and Alastair Owens, eds., Women, Business, and Finance in Nineteenth-Century Europe: Rethinking Separate Spheres (Berg 2006)

T. J. Boisseau and Abigail M. Markwyn, eds., Gendering the Fair: Histories of Women and Gender at World's Fairs (University of Illinois Press, 2010)

Melanie Buddle, The Business of Women: Marriage, Family, and Entrepreneurship in British Columbia, 1901-1951 (University of British Columbia Press, 2010)

Douglas Catterall and Jodi Campbell, eds., Women in Port: Gendering Communities, Economies, and Social Networks in Atlantic Port Cities, 1500-1800 (Brill, 2012)

Anne Clendinning, Demons of Domesticity: Women and the English Gas Industry, 1889-1939 (Ashgate, 2004)

Mark Garrett Cooper, Universal Women: Filmmaking and Institutional Change in Early Hollywood (University of Illinois Press, 2010)

Wanda Corn, Women Building History: Public Art at the 1893 Columbian Exposition (University of California Press, 2011)

Clare Haru Crowston, Fabricating Women: The Seamstresses of Old Regime France, 1675-1791 (Duke University Press, 2001)

Lucy Delap, Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth Century Britain (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Tracey Deutsch, Building a Housewife's Paradise: Gender, Politics, and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century (University of North Carolina Press, 2010)

Ileen A. DeVault, United Apart: Gender and the Rise of Craft Unionism (Cornell University Press, 2004)
    Reviewed by Daniel Jacoby for EH.Net

Melissa S. Fisher, Wall Street Women (Duke University Press, 2012)

Wendy Gamber, The Boardinghouse in Nineteenth-Century America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).
    Reviewed by Alison K. Hoagland for H-Urban
    Reviewed by Michael Zakim for Common-Place

Tiffany Gill, Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women's Activism in the Beauty Industry (University of Illinois Press, 2010)
    Reviewed by Joey Fink for H-SAWH

Wendy Z. Goldman, Women at the Gates Gender and Industry in Stalin's Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
    Reviewed by Choi Chatterjee for Reviews in History

Sarah A. Gordon, "Make It Yourself": Home Sewing, Gender, and Culture, 1890-1930 (Columbia University Press, 2009) [also e-book]

David R. Green, Alastair Owens, Josephine Maltby, and Janette Rutterford, eds., Men, Women, and Money: Perspectives on Gender, Wealth, and Investment, 1850-1930 (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Janet Greenlees, Female Labour Power: Women Workers' Influence on Business Practices in the British and American Cotton Industries, 1780-1860 (Ashgate, 2007)

Daryl M. Hafter, Women at Work in Preindustrial France (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007)

Barbara A. Hanawalt, The Wealth of Wives: Women, Law, and Economy in Late Medieval London (Oxford University Press, 2007)

Beth Harris, ed., Famine and Fashion: Needlewomen in the Nineteenth Century (Ashgate, 2005)

Danielle van den Heuvel, Women and entrepreneurship: female traders in the Northern Netherlands, c. 1580-1815 (Aksant, 2007)

Kristin L. Hoganson, Consumers' Imperium: The Global Production of American Domesticity, 1865-1920 (University of North Carolina Press, 2007)

Katrina Honeyman, Women, Gender and Industrialisation in England, 1700-1870 (St. Martin's Press, 2000)

Vicki Howard, Brides, Inc.: American Weddings and the Business Tradition (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006)
    Reviewed by Janice Traflet for EH.Net

Lynn Hudson, The Making of "Mammy Pleasant": A Black Entrepreneur in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco (University of Illinois Press, 2008)

Jordynn Jack, Science on the Home Front: American Women Scientists in World War II (University of Illinois Press, 2009)

Jill Jepson, Women's Concerns: Twelve Women Entrepreneurs of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Peter Lang, 2007)

Geoffrey Jones, Beauty Imagined: A History of the Global Beauty Industry (Oxford University Press, 2010)
    Reviewed by Ingrid Giertz-Mårtenson for EH.Net

Alison Kay, The Foundations of Female Entrepreneurship. Enterprise, Home and Household in London, c.1800-1870 (Routledge, 2009)
    Reviewed by Amy Erickson for Reviews in History
    Reviewed by Joyce Burnette for EH.Net

Alice Kessler-Harris, Gendering Labor History: The role of gender in the history of the working class world (University of Illinois Press, 2006)

Anne Laurence, Josephine Maltby, and Janette Rutterford, eds., Women and Their Money, 1700-1950: Essays on Women and Finance (Routledge 2012)

Susan Ingalls Lewis, Unexceptional Women: Female Proprietors in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Albany, New York, 1830-1885 (Ohio State University Press, 2009)

Karen Ward Mahar, Women Filmmakers in Early Hollywood (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006)
    Reviewed by Dominique Brégent-Heald for H-SHGAPE

Nikki Mandell, The Corporation as Family: The Gendering of Corporate Welfare, 1890-1930 (University of North Carolina Press, 2002)

Glenna Matthews, Silicon Valley, Women, and the California Dream: Gender, Class, and Opportunity in the Twentieth Century (Stanford University Press, 2003)

Marjorie Keniston McIntosh, Working Women in English Society, 1300-1620 (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
    Reviewed by Louise Wilkinson for Reviews in History
    Reviewed by Anna Dronzek for H-Albion

Rachel Mesch, Having It All in the Belle Epoque: How French Women's Magazines Invented the Modern Woman (Stanford University Press, 2013)

Marla R. Miller, The Needle's Eye: Women and Work in the Age of Revolution (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006)
  Reviewed by Gloria L. Main for EH.Net

Monica Neve, Sold! Advertising and the Bourgeois Female Consumer in Munich, c. 1900-1914 (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2010)
    Reviewed by Pamela Swett for H-Soz-u-Kult
    Reviewed by Lela Felter-Kerley for H-Urban

Lisa Norling, Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women and the Whalefishery, 1720-1870 (University of North Carolina Press, 2000)

Ellen Hartigan O'Connor, The Ties That Buy: Women and Commerce in Revolutionary America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009)
    Reviewed by Candice Harrison for H-SHEAR
    Reviewed by Serena Zabin for Common-Place
    Reviewed by Linda Sturtz for EH.Net

Sheilagh Ogilvie, A Bitter Living: Women, Markets, and Social Capital in Early-Modern Germany (Oxford University Press, 2003)
    Reviewed by Timothy Guinnane for Reviews in History

Nicola Phillips, Women in Business, 1700-1850 (Boydell Press, 2006)
    Reviewed by Kathryn Gleadle for Reviews in History
    Reviewed by Margaret Walsh for EH.Net

Deborah A. Rosen, Courts and Commerce:Gender, Law, and the Market Economy in Colonial New York (Ohio State University Press, 1997)
    Reviewed by Anne M. Boylan for H-Business

Jennifer Scanlon, Inarticulate Longings: The Ladies' Home Journal, Gender, and the Promises of Consumer Culture (Routledge, 1995)

Philip Scranton, ed., Beauty and Business: Commerce, Gender, and Culture in Modern America (Routledge December 2000)

Maya Shatzmiller, Her Day in Court: Women's Property Rights in Fifteenth-Century Granada (Harvard University Press, 2007)
    Reviewed by Ghislaine Lydon for EH.Net

Deborah Simonton and Anne Montenach, eds., Female Agency in the Urban Economy: Gender in European Towns, 1640-1830 (Routledge 2013)

Edith Sparks, Capital Intentions: Female Proprietors in San Francisco, 1850-1920 (University of North Carolina Press, 2006)

Galina Ulianova, Female Entrepreneurs in Nineteenth-Century Russia (Pickering and Chatto, 2009)

Lara Vapnik, Breadwinners: Working Women and Economic Independence, 1865-1920 (University of Illinois Press, 2009)

Diane C. Vecchio, Merchants, Midwives, and Laboring Women: Italian Migrants in Urban America (University of Illinois Press, 2006)

Marta Vicente, Clothing the Spanish Empire: Families and the Calico Trade in the Atlantic World, 1700-1815 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Nancy A. Walker, Shaping Our Mothers' World: American Women's Magazines (University Press of Mississippi, 2000)

Susannah Walker, Style and Status: Selling Beauty to African American Women, 1920-1975 (University Press of Kentucky, 2007)

Janet Wallach, The Richest Woman in America: Hetty Green in the Gilded Age (Random House, 2012)

Wendy A. Woloson, In Hock: Pawning in America from Independence through the Great Depression (University of Chicago Press, 2010)
    Reviewed by Matthew Vaz for Common-Place

Wendy A. Woloson, Refined Tastes: Sugar, Confectionery, and Consumerism in Nineteenth-Century America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002)
    Reviewed by Bryan Wuthrich for H-Business

Christine R. Yano, Airborne Dreams: "Nisei" Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways (Duke University Press, 2011)

Mary A. Yeager, ed., Women in Business, 3 vols. (Edward Elgar, 1999)

Selected Older Works

Cindy S. Aron, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Civil Service: Middle-Class Workers in Victorian America (Oxford University Press, 1987)

Susan Porter Benson, Counter Cultures: Saleswomen, Managers, and Customers in American Department Stores, 1890-1945 (University of Illinois Press, 1986)

Caroline Bird, Enterprising Women (W. W. Norton, 1976)

Thomas Dublin, Farm to Factory: Women's Letters, 1830-1860 (Columbia University Press, 1981; 2d ed., 1993)

_____, Transforming Women's Work: New England Lives in the Industrial Revolution (Cornell University Press, 1994; pb. ed., 1995)

_____, Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860 (Columbia University Press, 1979; 2d ed., 1994)

Wendy Gamber, The Female Economy: The Millinery and Dressmaking Trades, 1860-1930 (University of Illinois Press, 1997)
    Reviewed by Nina E. Lerman for H-Women
    Reviewed by Pamela Nickless for EH.Net

Claudia Goldin, Understanding the Gender Gap: An Economic History of American Women (Oxford University Press, 1990)

Daryl M. Hafter, ed., European Women and Preindustrial Craft (Indiana University Press, 1995) [out of print]

Pat Hudson and W. R. Lee, eds., Women's Work and the Family Economy in Historical Perspective (Manchester University Press, 1990) [out of print]

Alice Kessler-Harris, Out To Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States (Oxford University Press, 1982)

Angel Kwolek-Folland, Engendering Business, Men and Women in the Corporate Office, 1870-1930 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998)

_____, Incorporating Women: A History of Women and Business in the United States (Twayne Publishers/Macmillan Library Reference, 1998; rev. ed., 2002) [out of print]
    Reviewed by Mary Yeager for H-Business

Kathy Peiss, Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York (Temple University Press, 1986)

_____, Hope in a Jar: The Making of America's Beauty Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998)
    Reviewed by Gwen Kay for H-PCAACA

Elyce J. Rotella, From Home to Office: U.S. Women at Work, 1870-1930 (UMI Research Press, 1981) [out of print]

Marylynn Salmon, Women and the Law of Property in Early America (University of North Carolina Press, 1986)

Virginia Scharff, Taking the Wheel: Women and the Coming of the Motor Age (Free Press, 1991)

Sarah Stage, Female Complaints: Lydia Pinkham and the Business of Women's Medicine (W. W. Norton, 1979) [out of print]

Sharon Hartman Strom, Beyond the Typewriter: Gender, Class, and the Origins of Modern American Office Work, 1900-1930 (University of Illinois Press, 1994)

Carole Turbin, Working Women of Collar City: Gender, Class, and Community in Troy, 1864-86 (University of Illinois Press, 1994)

Sylvia Van Kirk, Many Tender Ties: Women in Fur-Trade Society, 1670-1870 (University of Oklahoma Press, 1983)